Banish the post-Christmas blues
BANISH the postChristmas blues with a host of drama and music at Oldham Coliseum.
On Thursday, January 31, they open the first production of the spring-summer season – A Different Way Home staring former Coliseum artistic director Kenneth Alan Taylor.
This production is the Coliseum’s first re-staging of the 1998 smash hit world première, which then starred Roy Barraclough and was directed by Kenneth.
Told with a Lancashire charm that breathes lightness into dark memories, two siblings, Leslie and Maureen, tell a powerful story from two different perspectives.
The Coliseum’s 2019 production of A Different Way Home sees the return of the original designer, Celia Perkins, and will be directed by BAFTA Award-winning writer Noreen Kershaw.
Take a step back in time on Wednesday, January 23, and head through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub, The Cotton Club.
In the 1920s and 30s, performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Fats Waller had the club swinging, and dancers including Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit up the stage.
Swinging at the Cotton Club is an action-packed show celebrating the music and dance of New York’s most celebrated nightclub with exhilarating dance from the Lindy Hop Dance Company and music from The Harry Strutters Rhythm Orchestra.
The following evening, Thursday, January 24, acclaimed vocalist Micki Consiglio will be delivering an uncanny performance celebrating one of the greatest performers of our time, Cher, Turn Back Time: A Tribute to Cher features favourites including I Got You Babe, Turn Back Time and Believe.
Now in its 17th year, The Greatest Hits of Motown returns on Friday, January 25. This stunning live show combines first class music and the slickest choreography to have you Dancing On The Ceiling, with songs from the likes of Lionel Ritchie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many more.
Peter Wakefield and his talented friends return to the Coliseum stage for a musical celebration to raise funds for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice’s 30th anniversary campaign on Saturday, January 26.
Alongside celebrating their anniversary, in 2019 the hospice will be embarking on an exciting building project to provide a new 12-bed clinical wing.
Among Peter’s Friends, this year the line-up will also include special guests Kershaw’s Crooners – the hospice’s own choir made up of volunteers, supporters and staff.
For tickets and more information, visit www. coliseum.org.uk or phone the box office on 0161 624 2829.
●●Cher tribute Micki Consiglio, A Different Way Home and Swinging at the Cotton Club